Advice for Safe Handling of Malformed Messages (RFC7103)
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jan-15
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M. Kucherawy: AUTHOR [+3]
1.1. The Purpose of This Work
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) M. Kucherawy Request for Comments: 7103 G. Shapiro Category: Informational N. Freed ISSN: 2070-1721 January 2014
Advice for Safe Handling of Malformed Messages
Although Internet message formats have been precisely defined since the 1970s, authoring and handling software often shows only mild conformance to the specifications. The malformed messages that result are non-standard. Nonetheless, decades of experience have shown that using some tolerance in the handling of the malformations that result is often an acceptable approach and is better than rejecting the messages outright as nonconformant. This document includes a collection of the best advice available regarding a variety of common malformed mail situations; it is to be used as implementation guidance.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes.
This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7103.
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